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Grateful Dead Live at Augusta Civic Center on 1979-09-02

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Grateful Dead Live at Augusta Civic Center on 1979-09-02

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Stagger Lee, Cassidy, Row Jimmy, Minglewood Blues, Jack A Roe, The Music Never Stopped Samson & Delilah, Ramble On Rose, Terrapin Station-> Let It Grow-> Drums-> Stella Blue-> Truckin'-> Around & Around, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Augusta Civic Center
Location Augusta, ME

Source Audience Recording


AUD>MC>DAT>CDR; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by Willy


Reviewer: nh1979deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2013
Subject: Start of the Journey
My first dead show @ 16 yrs old, the start of my long strange trip, this will always be the one to remember!
Reviewer: Grubby Bean - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 4, 2012
Subject: US BLUES - best encore version ever
the show was insane - the only Terrapin -> Let It Grow (I think) that was just sick - and then a Truckin -> Around and Around where the Truckin rhythm was carried through into Around and Around - for those you bored with Around and Around - this is one to check out

But the highlight is US Blues - it was Sunday of Labor Day weekend

and you can just about hear Garcia realize - on the first time around for

"Summertime, Done Come and Gone, my oh my"

you can actually hear him realize, that yes, indeed, it is the end of summer - and the end of the 70s - it was a chilling moment as the entire crowd seemed to grasp it at the same time

the next time around, the entire band joins in for the chorus - including Lesh, which was a big deal in the 70s

spine-tingling end to a vastly underrated show

... getting of the parking lot was an amazing memory too - no security of any kind - no "rows" or alleys, it was just a grassy field filled with acid heads trying to get their cars out of a dark, grassy field ... ah, the good old days....
Reviewer: Fly-fisher - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 13, 2012
Subject: my first dead show
And thank you for whoever boarded this up onto this site. The show and energy of the crowd, speaks for itself.
Reviewer: DedHedCam - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2009
Subject: Another good Maine show
Wally were you following me? I saw those doors being passed back over the crowd, too. Once again, crowd tight with the band in a venue where the sound sucked. More pent up GD demand being spent by the crowd. Stupid me got so wasted I actually fell asleep in a chair at this show. What a dope.
Reviewer: Wally Gator - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2009
Subject: "eUFOric", almost
While waiting in the crowd for the doors to open outside on a relatively sunny afternoon in Maine, the bikers up front began passing the doors back overhead. While most stormed the open door to get in, some bikers stuck around to rip another door off or two. When inside unauthorized, the staff had no choice but to open the rest of the doors. The place is very small for a Civic Center, same design but small. The Energy was high in anticipation with the lights on. When the lights went out and they opened with Jack Straw, the crowd immediately fell into groove and there we were, enjoying a good ol' GD show. I think I keep hearing Jerry trying to find Close Encounters. Let IT Grow thru the rest of the show is great stuff! very special the way Jerry stayed out longer with the drums before leaving.
Reviewer: Liamfinnegan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2006
Subject: Keith Emerson sitting in on Let it Grow
There is a whole section in Let it grow that sounds just like ELP- was Brent with the band yet? Must have have been- give it a listen- very interesting
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 17, 2006
Subject: Brent....
...kicks Jerry's butt on his his first ever Let it Grow and Jerry sticks around after the song is over to make up for it. Nice stuff
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2006
Subject: Augusta Station
Killer-Top notch quaint indoor venue.
A treat for the old~school Heads.
I wanted to check it out for 2 reasons.
Begining of Fall tour and this is a gem of a venue. sweet Row Jimmy is pretty sweet.
aud. sound is ok not grate

5 years later this was the best place on the Planet to be at.
Reviewer: casisbelly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 14, 2006
Subject: first ME show
First Maine show for the Belly....This AUD is not as bad as previously reveiwed...Gret show with the old school heads...back in the day before everybody and there grandmother started going to shows...just a few New England heads getting together to smile a while....I miss those days on the hill in Augusta.
Reviewer: brendanmcauley - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2005
Subject: great jack straw
This show unfortunately is a C quality audience tape with many very high energy offerings. Starting off with Jack straw, which if it was a sbd may have eclipsed the 11.6.79 philie show for hottest Jack straw of this year. Personally I think 11.6.79 boasts the hottest Jack straw ever!
Anyway, this show features the rare second set post terrapin Let it grow which is 31 megs and 22 minutes long. NIce show but the recording is for die hards only...
Reviewer: cdevs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2005
Subject: nobody's fault
BTW, JG drops the band into a short and sweet Nobody's Fault But Mine jam during the final minute of Truckin'.

Nice show, great rowdy crowd. A bunch of hopped-up New Englanders getting their ya-yas out... These '70s audience tapes are such a fun 'slice of life'.
Reviewer: dcain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2005
Subject: 22 Minute Let It Grow and...
Not only a long one, but inspired. A year and a half since last played, Garcia takes to it like a ravenous wolf. At 16:30-ish, he delivers licks so blurry-fast they sound like his synthed-up solo from the Terrapin record. Earlier (8:30?) Brent has a great organ solo. At 18:30 the thing finally slows down.

The audience, too, seems hungry, and very tuned in (they are clapping right on the beat on the second jam in Jack Straw; at the start of Around and Around; and when they bring it down around 5:30, really stunning).

The general sound quality here feels like one is sitting in the front row, not as if we are listening from a distance. But the audience sometimes drowns out the music, and Garcia is sometimes somewhat in the background (he is playing some great phrases in Mexicali, but they are a little hard to discern).
Reviewer: Slarti - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2004
Subject: space>stella blue
this was my 2nd show, I remember everone was looking for acid and no one had it, then from the hillock we noticed a big white boxtruck pull in and everyone instinctively gathered 'round... the blotter was nonprint just white fresh and hot off the press!
Reviewer: the11 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 14, 2004
Subject: one of my first
This was one of my first tapes I acquired and it remains a favorite. I agree with the other reviews that the boys were both inspired and rockin in this show. Terrapin through ARound and Around is a keeper.
HOWEVER.. I like my audience tape a little better and wish that a soundboard of this would be posted.
Reviewer: hitmeister - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 17, 2004
Subject: Augusta, ME 9/2/79
This show has been a longtime favorite. Highlights are the extended jam out of Let It Grow and the dreamy Space->Stella Blue. The Around and Around is one of the hottest, rockinest versions I've heard. The first set features an outstanding version of Mexicali Blues (don't laugh!).
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